White House pushes back on reports of HHS Secretary Azar’s possible removal

White House finally speaks out on the controversy surrounding Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, removal. 

Reportedly, talks regarding the possible replacement of Azar started developing after he dismissed the vaccine expert, Rick Bright. 

Sources claim that the White House was not pleased with Alex Azar because of the controversy stirred after Azar transferred Dr. Bright. 

However, recent updates suggest that the Trump administration is unwilling to shake up the leadership of HHS amidst the global pandemic despite their frustration with the Secretary’s management of the early response to the pandemic. 

Speculation Of Azar’s Removal Shot Down By Administration

The leadership of HHS is to be continued under Alex Azar, indicated the statement issued by the White House. Deputy Judd Deere said, “The Department of Health and Human Services, under the leadership of Secretary Azar, continues to lead on a number of the president’s priorities.” 

Alex Azar Benched Previously As Well

Alex Azar, secretary of HHS, experienced replacement earlier this year as well. From being the Head of the US coronavirus response team, he was benched and replaced by Mike Pence as a part of the White House task force. 

Some Claim Azar’s Removal Speculation Is A Distraction

Judd Deere, in a statement regarding Azar’s leadership commented, “Any speculation about personnel is irresponsible and a distraction from our whole-of-government response to Covid-19.” 

He also said that the focus right now should be stopping the growth of the pandemic and restructuring or reorganization might hurt the nation’s response to the pandemic in general. 

Alex Azar is yet to comment on the issue. 

A source close to him said that Azar “is busy responding to a global, public health crisis and doesn’t have time for palace intrigue.”

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